Karen Beecher (New Earth)

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Mainstream Universe‎‎, 1950s-2011‎

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Real Name

Karen Beecher-Duncan

Main Alias


Other Aliases

Karen Beecher


Mal Duncan (husband)


Doom Patrol, Titans Los Angeles S.T.A.R. Labs, Formerly Teen Titans

Base Of Operations

San Francisco, California





Secret Identity



Marital Status



Research Engineer












Earth-One · New Earth


Bob Rozakis · Irv Novick

First Appearance
Teen Titans #45
(December, 1976)

Karen Duncan, née Beecher, is the Teen Titan Bumblebee.

Scientist Karen Beecher was the girlfriend of Teen Titans extremity the Herald ( a.k.a. Mal Duncan ). In order to help make Herald look well in front of the team, Beecher secretly made herself a bumblebee-themed super-suit and attacked the Teen Titans. She escaped without this ruse being revealed. When she by and by explained to Mal and the Titans what she had done, they were shanghai enough to offer her membership, which she accepted. She and Mal subsequently moved to the new Titans West team, having relocated to San Francisco. When the Titans team dissolved for a fourth dimension, Karen and Mal married and ‘retired ‘ from super-heroics. Karen took a job with S.T.A.R. Labs, where she designs non-lethal weaponry. They have returned to crime-fighting from clock to clock time to assist the team, most notably during a ephemeral revival of Titans West and the JLA/Titans consequence, which reunited everyone involved with the team. A battle broke out over the destine of Victor Stone, Cyborg. Bumblebee personally fought Zauriel, a extremity of the Justice League. Despite the aid of the current Supergirl, Bumblebee was swiftly defeated. Following this, Mal and Karen briefly joined the latest incarnation of Titans West ( nowadays called Titans L.A. ), but this embodiment of the team never very got off the establish .
Bumblebee and her husband are among the heroes recruited by Donna Troy to help avert a coming crisis that threatened the being of the universe. After a battle in space, most of the heroes were trapped by a Zeta-Beam Ray that Adam Strange was hoping to use for teleporting away the heroes from the rupture in outer space. Due to the irradiate interactions with the rupture itself, the Zeta-Ray altered Bumblebee ‘s physiology, obviously transferring her torso multitude to Hawkgirl. This left Bumblebee approximately six inches in stature and Hawkgirl some 25 feet grandiloquent. [ 1 ] [ 2 ]

Bumblebee is shown to have joined the Doom Patrol sometime in the past year along with her conserve ( now known as Vox ) and Beast Boy. She must now take medicine developed by Doom Patrol leader Niles Caulder to prevent her heart from going into cardiac collar, due to her bantam human body. Karen is presently a extremity of the Doom Patrol. Due to medicinal efforts from Dr. Caulder, she has grown to a height of seven inches, and she can live in a dollhouse.


  • Science: Karen is a research engineer, though she’s never stated which field she specializes in she has a general overall knowledge of scientific matters.


  • Power Instability: Formerly she used her suit to shrink however after an accident with a Zeta Beam she couldn’t stop shrinking and this is causing her heart to seize. Without the medicine from the Chief she wouldn’t survive.


  • Cybernetic Helmet: A safety cybernetic helmet that has an attachment to Karen’s mind and spine. The antennae on the helmet allow for electricity through solar power.
    • Eyepieces: Quartz prisms attached to the goggles in her helmet emit an electrical “bee” sting that has a short to long range.
  • Exoskeleton: Enables flight through rapid movement on her wings that are attached to her costume, faster movement and a vibration application allow her sonic disruption. It also acts like a body armor that enhances her strength.
    • Flight
    • Sonic Disruption
      • Disintegration (Formerly): Pre-Crisis, Bumblebee claimed that she could buzz her wings at a frequency that would cause Captain Calamity’s weapons to disintegrate.[3] There has been no indication that she could accomplish this feat since Crisis on Infinite Earths altered her history and suit’s functions.
    • Superhuman Strength: Equipment provided superhuman strength.
    • Superhuman Durability: Equipment provided superhuman durability.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC’s Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character’s Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Karen–along with numerous other DCU heroines–was contacted by Oracle (Barbara Gordon) and asked to join the expanded roster of the latter’s team, the Birds of Prey. However, the team disbanded before she participated in any missions.


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